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a few months it seemed that HackCam, the
popular yet to-be-released anti-cheat tool
had disappeared. Many of you probably
wondered what happened to it, and so did we.
It turns out that HackCam is far from dead.
"HackCam is an exciting new approach to
both the anti-cheat community and tools. A
lot of creative work and ideas have been put
into the project, and it’s not what we would
call a “standard anti-cheat tool”. First of
all, to those out there who doesn’t
know/have heard of HackCam, we strongly
this interview with the
developer. Unfortunately, the HackCam forum
az-prod.com is down because of
hosting-relocation. SteamBans will announce
when it’s back online, and you should
definitely check it out – it has all the
info you need."
HackCam (v4) was originally intended to be
released in late April. Unfortunately
certain complications hindered the
development to continue as expected and both
fans and the developer was turned in a new
unforeseen direction. It was a big surprise
to everyone when AzHole/OutOfAmmo announced
that he had signed an NDA-agreement with an
(copy of official
here), causing almost all
development to be transferred out of his
hands, which made things seem much less
bright. From here on a grey-zone emerged.
The public was left only with rumors and
many doubts. However, in the past seven
months a lot has happened behind the scenes,
and HackCam seems to finally be moving
closer to a *real* release date. In the
meantime, SteamBans caught up with the
developer to shed some light on a few
- SteamBans: Since the
official announcement of the NDA-agreement,
what has happened concerning the development
OutOfAmmo: The NDA-agreement has been
in place since very early on in the
development of HC when it started groping
its way from the 1.6 world into the Source
world. What has been primarily occuring
however, is the continued development and
optimization of the systems and functions
employed within HC to perform its duties, as
well as development of newer systems to run
in conjunction with it. As some may
remember, during the very early stages of
when HC was being used 'live in the field',
the main system was over 500MB and took
nearly all the resources available to it.
The current revisions and development
versions are less then 1/10th that size now
and are requiring less resources by the
- SteamBans: What is the
current status on HackCam?
OutOfAmmo: HC is still in development
though we are hoping to bring it out of its
cradle here soon. Beta-Testing of the
server-side modification has been nearly
non-stop for the last 3 months and is
progressing exceptionally well.
- SteamBans: What exact cheats
are HackCam capable of detecting?
OutOfAmmo: In reality, there are very
few cheats available, or even useful, in the
game. The predominant ones would of course
be any form of wall or XYZ cheat, aimbots or
anti-recoil, and network exploits, such as a
'speedhack' and other such items. These
specific activities were the original
development goal to detect effectively,
which has been completed far above our
original expectations. However, there are
varying degrees of each of these types, from
very subtle, to quite blatant and explicit.
The more blatant of course, the easier it is
to detect. The more recent progress has been
made on fine-tuning the detection systems
and adding in additional detection routines
to try and increase the percentage of
cheaters detected when they are being more
subtle about it, such as using a 'wallhack'
but not firing on players through the walls.
- SteamBans: Did you feel like
letting down the fans of HackCam with the
NDA-agreement announcement? Why did you sign
it? What back thoughts did you have
OutOfAmmo: As I said earlier, the NDA
was in place long before HC became well
known on the levels it currently is. I have
also stated on several occasions that an NDA
agreement was in place, so any fans that
were let down because of it should have been
reading more and posting less. The original
point of the NDA was needed in order to gain
access to resources that at that time, were
not available to us for use. Additionally,
licensing had been discussed for the
technology as well. Both of those reasons
require an NDA in the business world before
one can continue in discussions.
- SteamBans: A lot of rumors
have been floating around the net regarding
the unknown company with which you have
signed the NDA-agreement. Can you clear this
up a bit?
OutOfAmmo: Rumors will come and go
and I find there is little I can do in order
to quell them or direct them in the proper
direction. As you know, the NDA forbids me
from discussing this exact topic any further
then it already has been.
- SteamBans: What do you think
will happen to HackCam in the future? Do you
have any goals or expectations?
OutOfAmmo: It is our goal and hope,
that HC will become a standardized part of
the Steam Dedicated Server, like any other
modifications are nowadays. It's hard to
find a server without some form of
modification, such as maniscript, AMX, and
other notable scripters (my hat is off to
you gentlemen). It would only make sense
then to allow for HC to be an additional
part of that infrastructure to assist
administrators, and more importantly, the
community of gamers that continue to play
the games we all enjoy. We have hopes that
in the future, when HC is out of its infancy
and roaming the world (send postcards!), to
begin porting the core technologies to other
and FPS realm games.
- SteamBans: Do you have any
future plans for projects in context to
HackCam or alike?
OutOfAmmo: We hope to engineer HC to
the point of making the core technologies
more portable between engines, such as from
the Steam engine to the Doom engine, though
this is simply an example. If this becomes
plausible and possible, we plan on launching
simultaneous threads of development to other
engine'd FPS systems.
- User question: I was on the
official HackCam beta list, but never heard
anything from you. What happened?
OutOfAmmo: The HC beta-list, when
finally closed to the public, had over 8900
users, with an additional 1200 on the
'backup' list. People that posted their
desire to be on the list via our forums were
given priority originally over others since
they had spent the time to do their research
in reviewing the available technical
documents and descriptions on them. So, if
you never signed up for a forum account,
that may be why. Secondly, that list of 8900
was quickly stripped down to a list of 150
for security reasons, the less copies
floating around the world, the better chance
of HC moving forward rather then backward.
Those 150 were asked to submit hardware
specifications and other information
regarding themselves, which dropped the list
to 30. Those remaining were also required to
sign an NDA document to be allowed in the
testing environment, dropping it to the
final 22 users currently in the beta.
Consider it like the WoW beta, or EQ2 beta,
some got in, several more did not. If you
were not among the lucky ones to be
selected, I wish you better luck in the next
beta that comes our way.
As stated above HackCam isn’t dead at all,
just merely quiet at the moment. We are in
progress of entering exciting times on the
anti-cheat side, and it will be quite
interesting to see how HackCam competes with
the other anti-cheat tools on the market.
Will HackCam revolutionize the movement of
anti-cheat in the future? Will we finally
see a completely cheat-free online
environment? Only time can tell. But HackCam
certainly is a promising project.
SteamBans will be announcing any news
regarding this project in the future, so be
sure to check up on our site regularly.
We thank OutOfAmmo for taking his time to
answer our and our users’ questions.
While waiting on further news we recommend
you to read the below links and watch the
HackCam promo video. Be aware though; if you
are looking to get your excitement down this
is not the place. The below is highly
addictive material, and will probably just
excite you even more!
Interesting reading-material on
GameArena - Copy of Announcement
GhostRecon - Interview
GhostRecon - Summary
GameSpace - More Information
Wikipedia - HackCam
The-Space - Info
HackCam promo video (Must see!):